Development Officer

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Part time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
42,000 - 47,000
Job Category: 
Development | Fundraising
Organizational Overview: 

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is a highly successful, medium-sized non-profit arts organization (budget $600K) that is entering its 25th year and is poised for growth. We seek to fill the position of Development Officer for the organization. The Development Officer will lead a small staff (one contract grant-writer, one events assistant, and volunteers). All staff work from virtual offices. This is considered a 3/4-time position, but it can be converted to full-time through consolidation with other part-time positions currently in the organization.

Role Responsibilities: 

Open Position: Development Officer
Reports To: Executive Director
Location: Seattle
Position Type: minimum 3/4 time (30 hours/wk) with possibility of full-time
Compensation: $42,000-$47,000 (more if full-time)
Benefits: Negotiated


Position Summary:
The Development Officer is responsible for designing strategic fundraising initiatives and plans for generating the resources necessary to fulfill SRJO’s mission and artistic vision. This person will implement donation processes, will maintain donor records, and will manage gifts from individual donors. This person will manage fundraising (grants) from government agencies, corporations, and foundations, not only selecting and applying in a timely manner, but also providing the necessary reporting, contracting and invoicing for all grants. This person will produce all SRJO special fundraising and donor events, including the annual fundraising Gala, plus other donor cultivation events throughout the year. This person will also be responsible for follow-through in all areas of donor relations.

Direction and Strategy

  • Propose to the Executive Director initiatives and campaigns for generating grants, major contributions and sponsorships
  • Develop and manage approved campaigns

Annual Fund Raising Gala and other Fund Raising Events

  • Engage volunteers, and lead the Development Committee to plan, coordinate, execute, and evaluate the annual Gala fundraising event
  • Design and implement a series of other events to help build community
  • Produce or oversee the production of all materials related to special events, including guest lists, invitations, lobby displays, and programs
  • Develop and manage all special event budgets
  • Solicit donations of in-kind gifts for events as needed

Individual Giving and Corporate Contributions

  • Develop and oversee cultivation and stewardship programs for Individual, Major, Planned and Endowment gifts
  • Serve as key relationship manager for board leadership, Artistic Director and Executive Director
  • Integrate and coordinate development campaigns with other SRJO initiatives (marketing, special events)
  • Produce annual calendar of donor drives and other donation requests
  • On an on-going basis, research and add to list of donor prospects, including major donors and sponsorships
  • Oversee, manage and monitor all donation records, donor acknowledgement, and database management, coordinating with SRJO Financial Controller and Director of Operations for proper recognition in print and other media
  • Manage distribution of benefits/donor premiums associated with appropriate donor giving levels
  • Propose and initiate plan for corporate fundraising

Board Development

  • Working through the Executive Director, Board President and Fundraising Chair, engage directors in fund raising campaigns and programs to best utilize board resources and contacts
  • Develop and oversee effective solicitation training for campaign volunteers (board)
  • Provide regular reports to the Board on the progress and results of all fundraising activities.

Grants Program

  • Maintain current program of annual grants to government and foundation funders 
  • Direct activities of contracted grant-writing employee & volunteers
  • Research and develop new grant sources to bring significant increases in grant funding
  • Write grants as needed

Managing Staff and Volunteers

  • Set goals and objectives for contracted grant-writer, events assistant, and volunteers
  • Recommend to the Executive Director any compensation changes for contracted grant-writer, and events assistant.


  • Contribute articles to newsletters, blogs, and concert programs when appropriate
  • Remain well informed on various development trends and fundraising issues through seminars, appropriate reading materials, and relationship with leaders in the industry.
  • Manage additional projects and staff support as needed


Accountable to the Executive Director
Works closely with Operations Manager
Oversees work of grant writer and events assistant
Hires and manages independent contractors as needed for fund-raising events and (e.g. catering,
equipment, lighting and sound systems)

Candidate Qualifications: 

Qualifications and Skills:
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years progressively more responsible experience in fund
development, donor identification and cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Experience working effectively
with leadership to motivate volunteers to achieve contributed revenue goals.
It is important that the person in this position is able to handle a significant level of responsibility, initiate projects
and work independently while also being a team player working closely with other members of the SRJO staff. | | (206) 523-6150
Must be effective in a remote work environment. Extensive work with individuals necessitates “people skills,”
poise, tact, and good judgment. Knowledge of the local funding community is essential.


  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated; able to take initiative and able to work both independently and in teams.
  • Demonstrated excellence in word processing, spreadsheet, donor management systems (Patron Manager is our ticketing/customer/donor management software).
  • Ability to provide high-level customer service to donors.
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and problem solve.
  • Knowledge of current philanthropic trends.
  • Knowledge of prospect management techniques.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and respond to changing priorities.

SRJO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SRJO welcomes candidates from a diversity of backgrounds who are committed to furthering the mission and vision of the organization. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Application Process:
Interested candidates should apply with cover letter and résumé to: Dr. Michael Brockman, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Submit documents as a PDF. Please, no phone inquiries.
Position open until filled.
If we contact you for an interview, please be prepared to provide us with at least three professional references and to undergo a thorough background check.

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Deadline: 
Position open until filled
Application Instructions: 
Interested candidates should apply with cover letter and résumé to: Dr. Michael Brockman, Executive and Co- Artistic Director, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Submit documents as a PDF. Please, no phone inquiries.